Thirukural written by Thiruvalluvar consists of three books, the first book on Aram (the Way or Dharma), the second on Porul (Material or Artha) and the third on Inbam (Joy or Kama).

There are 37 chapters in the first book, the first four called Payiram or Prefactory Matter, the next twenty about Ill-Aram (the householder’s Dharma) and the next thirteen about Turavaram (the path of Renunciation). The second book on Porul contains seventy chapters, the first twenty dealing with Kings and their Duties, the succeeding thirty two chapters with the other matters concerning the State, and next thirteen, with Sundry Concerns. The third book on Inbam contains twenty five chapters, the first seven being on Pre Marital Love (Kalavu) and the next eighteen on Marital Love.

There are 133 chapters in all, each chapter contains ten distichs in the metre known as Kural and the work itself is now called by that name.

0222. நல்லாறு எனினும் கொளல்தீது

0222. Nallaaru Eninum Kolaltheethu

  • குறள் #
  • பால்
    அறத்துப்பால் (Arathuppal) - Virtue
  • இயல்
    இல்லறவியல் (Illaraviyal) - Domestic Virtue
  • அதிகாரம்
    ஈகை (Eegai)
  • குறள்
    நல்லாறு எனினும் கொளல்தீது மேலுலகம்
    இல்லெனினும் ஈதலே நன்று.
  • விளக்கம்
    ஒருவன் பலவகையிலும் முயற்சி செய்து சேர்த்த பொருள் முழுவதும் தக்கவர்க்கு உதவி செய்வதற்கே யாகும்.
  • Translation
    in English
    Though men declare it heavenward path, yet to receive is ill;
    Though upper heaven were not, to give is virtue still.
  • Meaning
    To beg is evil, even though it were said that it is a good path (to heaven). To give is good, even though it were said that those who do so cannot obtain heaven.


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